Architect of Taj Mahal
In the early stages, 20,000 labors and craftsmen reported to have been working on the construction of Taj Mahal but this number had been reduced to 1,000 craftsmen within 9 years. Scaffolding of brick rather than timber was erected, indicative of the importance of the scheme. The Taj Mahal was completed by 1653 after 22 years of rigorous planning and implementation. It seems only right that such a magical building should have its share of mysteries and unproven allegations, and this is indeed the case. There are three chief unsolved questions: who was the architect? Did Shah Jahan plan a separate 'mirror image' tomb for himself on the opposite side of the river? Why are the two cenotaphs not positioned side by side within the mausoleum's main chamber? Self-confident guides who give unequivocal answers to these questions should not be believed. On Same Day Taj Mahal Tour, you will come across several untold stories and you will entertain them with curious zeal.
As per one opinion, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan wished to take personal credit for his most important building projects and only rarely was the name of the chief architect officially recorded. It is primarily for this reason that some have credited the Emperor himself with the design of the Taj Mahal. There is, however, no evidence whatsoever that Shah Jahan possessed architectural abilities, only that he served as an enthusiastic patron. Nevertheless, due to the great cost of the material, it seems likely that he was responsible for specifying the exclusive use of marble for the structure: Shah Jahan would certainly have seen the hereby tomb of Mumtaz Mahal's grandfather, It -Mad-ud-Daula, similarly clad entirely in marble, and one of only two such examples to predate the Taj Mahal.
Another contender is the Venetian jewallery designer, Geronimo Verneo, who died at Lahore in 1640, and now lies in Agra's Roman Catholic cemetery. His executor Josef de Castro stated that Veroneo was the architect of the Taj Mahal and this claim was reiterated by a Spanish friar Sebastian Manrique. But Sebestian was probably only repeating what de Castro had told him. There is no additional evidence.
Persian records named Ustad Isa Afandi as the architect of the Taj Mahal but there are no other references to him. It is even uncertain whether he came from Persia or Turkey.
Ustad Ahmed Lahori (from Lahore in what is now Pakistan) was certainly Shah Jahan's favored architect at the time.
The names of the individuals responsible for the dome, calligraphy and petra dura work etc, are recorded. Possibly, the Taj Mahal was the work of a spectacularly talented committee, presided over by Shah Jahan. The chief argument against this is the notorious failure of committees to produce outstanding designs: a sardonic tale might be recalled about the committee which set out to design a horse and ended up with a camel. Could any committee really produce such a sublime masterpiece? This mystery, and some others which are dealt with later, will surely never be solved to everyone's satisfaction. Explore the architectural beauty of Taj Mahal and try to find out answers of several queries on Same Day Taj Mahal Tour.
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